New shrubs stolen from Barnoldswick war memorial - April 19, 2013
THIEVES who stole shrubs decorating a war memorial, just days after they were planted, have been branded ‘sick’.
Children, aged between 11 and 14, helped to improve the look of the Barnoldswick war memorial by planting the shrubs last Wednesday and Thursday.
But five of the plants, bought by the town council and planted by the Barnoldswick In Bloom group, were stolen sometime between Sunday and Tuesday.
Coun David Whipp, a representative of the bloom group, said: “This is disgusting.
“Someone stealing from an area which honours those who have died for us is sick.
“The particular shrubs taken were planted by teenagers from the volunteer group.
“What sort of message is this sending to young people?
“As far as I am concerned, it is sacrilege to steal from a war memorial.
“It looks like someone has taken them for their garden, rather than mindless vandalism.
“The theft has been reported to the police who are investigating.”
The planting was the latest stage of improvements at the memorial, which is due to be re-dedicated later this year after missing names are added.
The gardens at the memorial were cleared by bloom volunteers during the winter, and the replanting scheme was drawn up by bloom volunteer Joan Shaw.
The plants taken were a skimmia kew green, photinia pink marble, fuchsia Mrs Popple, and two hewcheva, valued at about £40.
Coun Whipp said: “If anyone knows what has happened to these plants, please can they contact the police quoting crime reference FE1300608.”